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Clippers' Blake Griffin leaves game early with back spasms

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Blake Griffin was forced to exit Saturday against the Rockets in the first quarter because of back spasms.

Midway through the first quarter Griffin grabbed at his lower back and crumpled to the floor before heading to the locker room. He played only six minutes, scoring seven points.

Griffin's not expected to miss extended time, but back spasms can be a tricky, lingering issue. With the playoffs nearing, the Clippers are obviously going to play things on the safe side to try and make sure he's as healthy and ready as possible.

Despite missing Griffin, the Clippers were able to pick up an impressive road win in Houston, who was missing Dwight Howard, topping the Rockets 118-107 behind 30 and 11 assists from Chris Paul and 20 from DeAndre Jordan.

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